Feb. 3, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 10

Welcome Additions

Asst. Prof. Lisa Patel Stevens (LSOE)
PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Field of Interest: Literacy education
Course: Teaching Reading
Stevens credits her experience as a state level policymaker in the area of literacy education with helping her to understand educational issues from the perspectives of policy, practice, and research. Her publications include Critical Literacy in the United States (forthcoming) and Reconstructing the 'Adolescent': Sign, Symbol, and Body.

Asst. Prof. Damian Betebenner (LSOE)
PhD, Education: University of Colorado-Boulder
PhD, Mathematics: University of Wyoming
Field of Interest: School choice, mathematics education
Courses: Design of Experiments and Introductory Statistics.
Betebenner comes to BC following many years as a mathematics instructor and education researcher in Colorado and Wyoming. He also served as an intern doing statistical analysis at standardized test maker ACT Inc. His publications include "The Price of Public School Choice" in Educational Leadership and a technical report for the Colorado Department of Education analyzing academic growth using 2001 and 2002 CSAP reading scores.

Instr. Roberto Avant-Mier (Communication)
PhD, University of Utah
Field of Interest: Communication and cultural studies
Course: Culture, Communication, and Power
A former Marine and native of West Texas, Avant-Mier has often explored issues surrounding Latino language, identity and nationality in his research on the intersection of communication with culture. His dissertation dealt with the communication of ideology and nationalism through popular music, such as the rock band Los Lobos. His publications include "In Search of the Power of Whiteness: A Genealogical Exploration of Negotiated Racial Identities in America's Ethnic Past" (Communication Quarterly).

Asst. Prof. Margaret Lombe (GSSW)
PhD, Washington University of St. Louis
Field of Interest: Social and economic development policy and research, especially asset-building and civic service
Courses: Doctoral independent study, dissertation assistance and teaching practicum
Prior to joining the Graduate School of Social Work, Lombe worked for four years as a research associate in the Center for Social Development at Washington University of St. Louis. Lombe, who studied at Daystar University in Kenya, has teaching experience in courses such as community development with impoverished communities, and evaluations of programs and services. Her scholarships include two P.E.O. International Peace awards.
-Stephen Gawlik and Sean Smith

"Welcome Additions," an occasional feature, profiles new faculty members at Boston College.

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